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Queer Zines From the Pre-MySpace Era and More Art Shows This Week

(image via Derek Eller Gallery / Facebook)

White Lies
Opening Thursday, October 11 at Derek Eller Gallery, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through November 11.

For better or for worse, we can all agree something there’s no shortage of in today’s world is information. From partisan pundits to much-maligned “fake news” to legitimate educational content, it’s hard to tune it all out completely, even if you try. This is evident in the work of painter Despina Stokou. What initially looks like colorful abstract work is revealed to be artistic, chaotic renderings of words: Twitter posts, political commentary, hashtags, and the multifaceted feelings of people living in America today. But of course, some of these painted-on phrases have become hard to understand, quite literally erased by broad strokes of white. Sound familiar? Keep Reading »

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This Itinerate Bookstore Is Settling Down and Adding a Cafe Bar

(Photo: BGS-QD's Facebook)

(Photo: BGS-QD’s Facebook)

After raising a little over $20,000 this summer, the Bureau of General Services – Queer Division has secured a home for at least the next year.

Back in September, the queer bookstore and events space, where performance artists like Shane Shane and LES legend Penny Arcade have been known to let their freak flags fly, left Strange Loop Gallery, its home of nine and a half months, and took up residence at Cage gallery, around the corner at 83A Hester Street. (Strange Loop, by the way, will celebrate its two-year anniversary with a burlesque show on Thursday.) Now the bookstore announces that it’ll stay at Cage through 2014.
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This Weekend, Shane Shane Keeps the Party Popping (With Actual Poppers)

Shane Shane. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Shane Shane. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

At BGSQD (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

At BGSQD (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Shane Shane at Pride party. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Shane Shane at Pride party. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Performer. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Performer. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Shane Shane performing. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Shane Shane performing. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Crowd at BGSQD (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Crowd at BGSQD (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Pride party at BGSQD (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Pride party at BGSQD (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Twerking. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Twerking. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

BGSQD. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

BGSQD. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Stop your search for the novelty party du weekend, because we just found it. It’s in a basement (yes, in an actual house), and there are poppers involved. It’s called  FANCY, and it happens tomorrow night in Bushwick.
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